Marion County book drive aims to improve literacy at home

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COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) – As school districts prepare for the year ahead, faculty and staff are busy educating parents on how they can promote literacy at home.

The nonprofit organization Save the Children and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are helping by teaming up to collect books for K-12 students. New and lightly used books will be used for Save the Children events and book corners located in Marion County.

Dynamism is one of the ways in which the leaders of both organizations build relationships within the community.

“We’re looking up to high school and it can be any genre,” said Save the Children’s community coordinator Alexis Parvin. “It can be religious. It can be anything.

Parvin said collecting books is one way to keep small libraries filled with fun novels.

“We go through about 400 books a month,” Parvin said.

Vicki Boone is the principal of West Marion Elementary School, and she thinks this is a great opportunity for parents and students.

“Part of our Save the Children program is to educate parents,” Boone said. “Collecting books is a huge benefit that we need to provide for our children to be exposed to books. They have the option of having different genres of books so that they can be successful and grade level when they start kindergarten. »

Books can be donated to West Marion Elementary School, Columbia Public Library, TMH Accountants and Trustmark Bank on Main Street in Columbia. Donations will be accepted until July 22.

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